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So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. Genesis 2:1-3 NLT

I can imagine God walking Adam and Eve through the garden that very first Sabbath. Having been created the day before, [...]

05: Christ and the Sabbath – Hit the Mark
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“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

To my fellow Seventh-day Adventists, defenders and champions of the Ten Commandments. Something seems to be wrong with our observance of the Sabbath. I know I am speaking to only a segment of our church family so I ask your indulgence if this does not apply to you.

I’ve grown up in this faith, and many of [...]

11: Our Prophetic Message – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Our Prophetic Message December 11, 2013]

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1. “I saw another angel.” What do the messages of the three angels of Revelation have in common? Or are their messages distinct and different? How do the angels communicate their urgent messages with believers on Planet Earth? Would you rather see them flying in the sky shouting the message? Or broadcasting from a celestial Powerpoint or hand-held device placed in each hand? What are some advantages [...]

Death and the Resurrection in Light of the Cross
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It’s that time of year when the leaves spring back onto barren trees and flowers bloom back to life. Every spring reminds me of the second coming and resurrection. I believe God lets everything die in the winter and come back in the spring to demonstrate for us His re-creation and resurrection power. Just as sure as the trees that seem to die in the fall have new life in the spring, we can be sure our sleeping loved ones [...]

What Difference Does It Make?
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Several years ago, when we were all much younger, I was taking my older son, KC to his first cello lesson with a new teacher.

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I think he was in the third grade, and my younger son, Justin, was in second grade. If this hadn’t been the first lesson with this teacher, I would have just dropped him at the curb and waited outside, but because it was his first lesson, I walked him up [...]

12: Creation and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).

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[Thought questions for Creation and the Gospel March 20, 2013]

1. All in Christ. If only God hadn’t made Adam and Eve free to sin. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we were not even tempted to do wrong? Have you ever met someone with that idea? What’s wrong with the concept that getting rid of sin at [...]

10: Stewardship and the Environment – Thought Starters
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“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish or the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28 NKJV

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[Thought questions for Stewardship and the Environment March 6, 2013]

1. The environment. Is caring for the environment a Seventh-day Adventist objective? If not, why not? If yes, how good [...]

05: Creation and Morality – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Creation and Morality January 30, 2013]

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1. Depending on the Creator. What was God’s intention when He created mankind? Did He have a grand plan or did He just want to create a pleasant and invigorating environment for His new friends through eternity? Why do you think God laid down a firm rule about not eating from one of the many fruit-bearing trees in the Garden of Eden? Was it a test of obedience? Or was [...]

He Grew the Tree He Knew Would be Used to Make the Old Rugged Cross
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Around a hundred years ago, when I was a teenager, a country singer by the name of Barbara Mandrell, sang, “He grew the tree that He knew would be used to make the old rugged cross.” The song brought out, that even at creation Jesus was planning our redemption. This song could not be any truer.

In Genesis 2:17 God says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not [...]

04: Creation, a Biblical Theme – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Creationm, A Biblical Theme January 23, 2013]

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1. Genesis 2. Do you consider the first chapter of Genesis to be the only official account of creation? What about Genesis 2? Did Jesus consider both accounts to be valid? How do we know? In what ways would the story of the birth of the earth as we know it be less complete without the details of Genesis 2? Have you ever heard why [...]